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Application & Enrollment Key Dates

Priority deadlines may apply. Admission granted on a rolling basis.

Note: all dates are as of 11:59PM ET

Program Application Opens Deadline: All Materials Deadline: Payment Deadline: Enrollment Forms
Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers
Fall 2019 June 16, 2019 Aug 21 Prior to the first day of class* 2 weeks prior to the first day of class
Winter 2019-20 June 16, 2019 Dec 14 Prior to the first day of class* 2 weeks prior to the first day of class
Spring 2020 June 16, 2019 Jan 2 Prior to the first day of class* 2 weeks prior to the first day of class
Summer 1 2020 June 16, 2019 May 15 Prior to the first day of class* 2 weeks prior to the first day of class
Summer 2 2020 June 16, 2019 Jun 15 Prior to the first day of class* 2 weeks prior to the first day of class
Tufts Research Experience
Tufts Research Experience: Fall Jul 1 Aug 26 Sep 1 Sep 18
Tufts Research Experience: Spring Oct 1 Dec 15 Dec 30 Jan 15
Tufts Summer Research Experience Dec 1 May 1 May 15 Jun 8
Summer Only Programs
Tufts College Experience Dec 1 May 1 May 15 Jun 8
Engineering Design Lab Dec 1 May 1 May 15 Jun 15
International Relations Dec 1 May 1 May 15 Jun 29
Leadership for Social Change Dec 1 May 1 May 15 Jun 15
Mini-Med School Dec 1 May 1 May 15 Jun 15
Coding 101 Dec 1 May 1 May 15 Jun 15
Studio Art at the SMFA Dec 1 May 1 May 15 Jun 15
Tufts Summit TBD TBD Contact France@tufts.edu Contact France@tufts.edu

*Check the course dates in the course listing for more details.

Who is eligible?

General requirements

 
Program Eligibility Requirements for All Students
Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers Entering Grades 10-12 (11-12 for undergraduate courses)
Tufts Research Experience Entering Grades 11-12 and must be 16 at program start
Tufts Summer Research Experience Entering Grades 11-12 and must be 16 at program start
Tufts College Experience Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2020 high school graduate; must be 15-17 years old at program start
Coding 101 Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2020 high school graduate
Engineering Design Lab Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2020 high school graduate
International Relations Entering Grades 11-12
Leadership for Social Change Entering Grades 10-12 (11-12 for undergraduate courses); must be 15-17 years old at program start
Mini-Med School Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2020 high school graduate; 1 year of biology strongly preferred
Studio Art at SMFA at Tufts Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2020 high school graduate

Residential Students

Students electing to live in the dorms or to attend a residential program must be at least 15 and no older than 17 at the start of the program.

International Students

Both domestic and international students are welcome to apply to and attend our pre-college programs. Please see the information at the end of this page for important information about visas.

Non-Native English Speakers

If you indicate that English is not your primary language, you will be asked to submit evidence of English Language proficiency during the application process. The following are our eligibility standards:

English Language Proficiency Requirements
Test or Course Test Score or Course Grade
Paper-Based TOEFL 600 or above
Computer-Based TOEFL 250 or above
Internet-Based TOEFL 90 or above
CET-4 550 or above
CET-6 520 or above
IELTS 6.5 or above
Intermediate English Course Unofficial transcript demonstrating B+ or higher in the last 2 years
All-English High School or Middle School Unofficial transcript demonstrating 1+ years attended in good standing

Application Instructions

Step 1: For Courses at Tufts for HS Only, all other applicants please skip to Step 2 below! 

Register for courses through our student registration portal

Clicking the link above will take you to a list of courses open to our high school students through this program. If you find our course registration portal through another link or this list is not working, you can always find the courses open to high school students it by selecting "Open to High School Students" under the Course Features filter.

Registering for courses is simple!

  • Select the course you are interested in
  • Review the course details and requirements
  • Click "add to cart"
  • When you are ready, click the cart in the upper right-hand corner of your screen
  • Create an account
  • Check-out! Don't forget to indicate that you are currently in high school!

For more detailed instructions on registering through this portal, please see our "How to Register" page. Please note that, although course registration takes place before your application materials are submitted, you will be automatically withdrawn and will receive a full refund (with the exception of the non-refundable registration fee) if your materials are not received or not approved prior to the first day of classes.

After you register for your course, you will be directed to the CAT for HS application and can follow Step 2 below. You will also receive a link to the application by email. If for some reason you do not see the application, please let us know at courses@tufts.edu.

Step 2 (all programs): Complete an Online Application

The online application will ask you for the following information:

  • Basic personal information, including parents/guardians and emergency contact (if you are under 18, we will contact a parent for permission to enroll)
  • Program-specific information (see below)
  • Contact information for 1 individual to submit a Letter of Recommendation - this individual can be a teacher, counselor, or mentor. We will contact this individual on your behalf
  • Test scores - optional, unless you must submit scores as evidence of English proficiency
  • Warrants and signatures

If you need to log back into this application after starting, click here: return to my application.

Program-Specific Application Requirements
Program Program-Specific Application requirements
Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers None
Tufts Research Experience Commuter; up to 3 lab preferences with a 250-word interest statement for each lab; 250-word personal statement describing your interest in and experience with research
Tufts Summer Research Experience Residential/commuter; up to 3 lab preferences with a 250-word interest statement for each lab; 250-word personal statement describing your interest in and experience with research
Tufts College Experience 6 Course preferences in at least 2 time blocks; college prep workshop preferences (optional)
Coding 101 Residential/commuter
Engineering Design Lab Residential/commuter
International Relations Residential/commuter; language preferences (placement exam required for intermediate/advanced sections)
Leadership for Social Change

Short interest statement (max 250 words, prompt provided)

Mini-Med School Residential/commuter
SMFA Studio Art

List of any art classes taken (none necessary); Short interest statement (max 200 words) - What are your goals for attending a Pre-College Studio Art Intensive this summer?

Step 2: Email or Mail your High School Transcript

After submitting your online application, you must contact your high school and ask them to send a transcript to us. They can send us this information in two ways: by email to summer@tufts.edu or by mail to Tufts Pre-College Programs, Dowling Hall, 419 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA 02155.

Step 3: Parental Consent and Letter of Recommendation

As a part of your application, you will be asked to provide contact information for both a parent/guardian and a recommender. Once you submit your application, our systems will automatically email the parent/guardian and recommender you listed in the application with instructions for how to fill out the online permission or recommendation form.

Please note your application will not be considered submitted and review of your application will not begin until the materials from Step 3 and Step 4 have been received by Tufts Pre-College Programs.

Pre-College Admissions Decision

Once an applicant has submitted an application and all required admissions documents are received, the applicant will be considered for admission by the Tufts Pre-College Programs review committee for the specific program(s) to which they applied.

Decisions are made on a rolling basis and students will typically receive an official email informing them of their admissions status within 10 business days of Tufts receiving all required materials.

If you do not receive your email within two weeks of all materials being submitted, please contact us at summer@tufts.edu or 617-981-7008.

Disclaimer: This program is not related to Tufts University Undergraduate Admissions. Participation in this program does not result in admission to a Tufts University degree program. Tufts reserves the right to admit as requested, to deny admission, or to offer provisional admission. The program will not provide feedback to applicants if admission is denied.

Post-Enrollment Materials

Admitted students must do the following prior to the start of the program:

  • Submit a deposit to hold your seat
  • Pay your balance in full prior to the stated deadline
  • Complete all enrollment forms and/or follow-up requests prior to the stated deadline

Should the above not be completed prior to the stated deadlines, the student will be automatically withdrawn from the program.

Admitted Students

Deposit to Reserve a Seat

Admitted students may reserve their seat by submitting a non-refundable deposit. Until a deposit is received, the student is not guaranteed a spot in the program.

The non-refundable deposit is as follows:

Program Non-refundable Deposit
Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers n/a (refundable deposit or payment in full at time of registration holds your seat)
Tufts Research Experience $550 must be received within 10 days of admission^
Tufts College Experience $550 must be received within 10 days of admission^
Tufts Summer Research Experience $550 must be received within 10 days of admission^
Coding 101 $550
Engineering Design Lab $550 must be received within 10 days of admission^
International Relations $550 must be received within 10 days of admission^
Leadership for Social Change $550 must be received within 10 days of admission^
Mini-Med School $550 
Studio Art at SMFA at Tufts $550

This deposit will be requested through the application system and can be paid directly in your application account.

^ Days count includes weekends and holidays

Enrollment Confirmation

Confirm enrollment with final program materials and fees. In order to be considered enrolled in the program, students are required to pay the balance of their program fees and to submit additional documentation that will enable us to ensure their safe participation in our programs. Students will not be able to start the program if their payment and forms have not been received by the deadlines outlined below. Final payment for programs can be made through your application account. Please seen the “Key Dates” section above for exceptions. Please note:

  • Students not paying in full by this date will be automatically withdrawn from the program. No refunds will be issued if the withdraw is after the refund deadline.
  • Students submitting applications after the final payment due date will be required to make their payment in full to reserve their seat in the program in lieu of a deposit

In addition to making the final payment, there are a series of waivers and documents that students must submit to ensure a safe program experience. These forms will be requested through the Admitted Student portal or through email after admission. Here is a sample of the forms, individual students may be required to submit other forms

  • All Students
    • Program dependent – Health Information
    • Program dependent – Health Consent
    • Program dependent – Immunization Record demonstrating vaccines or history of the disease for: TDAP, MMR (2 doses), Meningitis (last 5 years, residential students only), and Varicella (2 doses)
    • Parent Agreement
    • Student Agreement
    • Consent to Release Student Information
    • Publicity Consent
    • Obligation to Pay
  • Commuter Students
    • Commuter Travel Information and Waiver
  • Residential Students
    • Roommate selection form
    • Travel Information form
    • Student ID information
    • Waiver to leave campus without a chaperone
  • Other waivers
    • Some programs have supplemental releases due to specific activities in those programs

Please note that enrollment in any Tufts Pre-College Program is contingent on the receipt of the fees and materials described above.

International Students

Visa Application

Tufts Pre-College Programs welcomes international students in all of its programs. However, visa options and requirements will be different depending on your intended summer program and your current visa situation (if applicable).

Please note that Tufts University is not authorized to sponsor F-1 visas for most of our Pre-College Programs. At this time only the Tufts Summer Research Experience will be eligible for F-1 visa sponsorship. However, international students interested in the Pre-College Programs may have other visa options. The Tufts International Center can advise you on your individual situation. Please click here to consult this informational page on the International Center web site for more details, or email the International Center directly at icenter.summer@tufts.edu.